There are many things to consider before making your final selection of windows and doors.
Attention should be given to areas such as energy efficiency, noise levels and in some cases bushfire attack levels and wind levels.
The vast climate changes from snow and ice to hot and humid tropical regions can make an enormous difference with the amount of your total energy consumption.
There are many different glazing options available to minimise and reduce energy consumption which will ensure your home has a comfortable climate in all conditions and that it has a cost-effective system in place.
Double glazing is not the only solution, and these days there are some far more inexpensive options available such as a single thick heat-treated glass panel or a double laminated glass panel. Both money saving solutions have a high performance level that will comply and meet with the specified conditions.
Some early research with glazing will give you the knowledge prior to your final selections. This can increase your homes energy performance with heating and cooling.
Specialised glazing can also be used as an acoustic solution to significantly reduce unwanted noise levels such as overhead aircraft, highway traffic, rail and other noise problems.
Bushfire prone areas can also have the security of being protected with functional glazing.
Cyclonic regions require the added protection for strength and water penetration. This is governed by the wind speed of the area. Laminated and toughened glass options will give the required strength to comply with the local regulations without the need for reducing the glass useage.
Geographic conditions. Are you close proximity to breaking surf, if so, then protective measures should be considered to give maximum logevity to this big investment for your new home.
Then there are the many design options avialable including louvre, double hung, awning and a standard sliding window. Each have their different looks and advantages to make the most of the surrounding environment. Timber or powdercoated aluminium frames, stacker or bi-fold doors. These are the many options up for discussion, so do not hesiiate to ask for advice including tghe pros and cons of each style.
Before you commit to your window and door layouts, give some thought to these points as this could potentially save you a lot of money and may also be a determining factor on the success of your building approval.